Hi all, this is my first post here, and my first foray into Windows 8.
Among my friends I am the go-to guy when their computers go wrong. I am fairly well versed in Windows 7 matters, but it seems with W8 things have changed :/
I need to find out how to install Windows 8 on a new HDD in a device that has a failed disk. I have no repair disk or ISO, and no product code.
A little background:
I have a friend's Packard Bell Easynote TE11HC laptop (Win 8 x64, not the pro version) that won't boot. Typically it is about 2 months out of warranty! Having run a few tools I have established that the HDD is corrupted in a major way. Chkdsk ran for 24 hours before I cancelled it at 5% through. It reported many, many corrupted or unreadable sectors, so I felt there may be little value in fixing that disk, even if chkdsk ever managed to complete.
The disk is a Toshiba MQ01ABF050 500GB, Tosh's own diagnostic tool report a failed disk.
I have mounted the old disk in an external caddy and connected by USB, and it is recognised, I can even browse the folder structure. Maybe it's just the boot sectors that are bad.
Anyway, now that repair disks from OEMs are a thing of the past, I am wondering how to go about installing the OS on a new HDD. There are no longer labels with product codes on, so how do I go about getting the necessary info to reinstall?
I have read how to download a W8 ISO, but without another machine with the same OS how do I get anywhere? And without a product code, how will I activate it after installation?
The laptop also had MS Office 2013 installed, so if I can find a license key for that it would be handy.
I am hoping such info can be retrieved as the disk is still browsable.
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.